Golden Jubilee of Salesian Education in Co Clare

Cahercon House
Cahercon House

Cahercon past pupils will celebrate Golden Jubilee of Salesian Education in Clare on Saturday 31 August 2103.

Mass will be celebrated at St. John Bosco Community College, Kildysart at 7:oo pm. followed by a chat and cuppa.

The Salesian sisters and the staff of St John Bosco Community College are looking forward to seeing you all at this special gathering to renew old acquaintances.

Pray for the happy repose of Fr John O’Keefe

Fr O'KeefeYou are asked to remember in prayer Fr John O’Keefe much loved, retired parish priest of Coolmeen/Cranny.

His remains will repose in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen from 9pm to midnight today Tuesday. (June 11, 2013) and tomorrow, Wednesday from  5pm to 9pm followed by prayers for the dead.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Thursday at 4pm followed by burial in Cranny cemetery.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest.

The months mind Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday 10 July in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 8pm.

Reflection on Priesthood

You came from among us, to be, for us, one who serves.

We thank you for ministering Christ to us

And helping us minister Christ to each other.

We are grateful for the many gifts you bring to our communities:

For drawing us together in prayer,

For visiting us in our homes,

For comforting us in sickness,

For showing us compassion,

For blessing our marriages,

For baptising our children,

For confirming us in our calling,

For supporting us in bereavement,

For helping us to grow in faith,

For encouraging us to take initiative,

For helping the whole community realise God’s presence among us.

Fr John was a native of Carrahill, Crusheen, Co Clare was born on 29 May 1934.  He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he was ordained on 22 June, 1958. He began his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Brentwood, England during August 1958. On his return to Ireland on 12 March 1965 he was appointed briefly to Feakle Co. Clare and Castleconnell, Co Limerick. He became curate in Mullagh on 15 May 1965 and afterwards in Miltown Malbay on 10 July 1971. Fr John became Parish Priest of Coolmeen-Cranny on 26 November 1989. Fr John retired as Parish Priest and became priest in residence in Coolmeen-Cranny on 25 July 2008.

Cemetery Masses 2013

Clondrina Cillin

Cemetery Masses:

During July (weather permitting) we plan to celebrate Mass in the cemeteries in the parish at 8pm on the following dates:

Friday 4 July – Cranny cemetery;

Friday 12 July – Kilfiddane cemetery;

Tuesday 16 July – Clondrina Cillín.

All are welcome to attend.


Mission Appeal

The Franciscan Missionary Sisters For Africa are visiting the parishes of the Diocese of Killaloe during 2013 to speak at Masses regarding their missionary work. Sr Rena Condron will speak at Masses in Coolmeen and Cranny on June 22 – 23. You can find out more about the sisters and their work ar

First Holy Communion 2013

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First Holy Communion will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 4 May 2013 and in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 5 May 2013.

First Confessions will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Tuesday 19 March 2013 at 7pm and in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Wednesday 20 March 2013 at 7pm.

The enrolment ceremony for the children preparing for First Holy Communion will take place during 9.45 Mass in Cranny on Sunday 9 December 2012 and  9.45 Mass in Coolmeen on Sunday 27 January 2013.

You are asked to remember in your prayer the children who are preparing for First Holy Communion and  their families.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 26 June to 1 July 2013

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage: Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA will lead this year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from June 26th to 1st July.  Direct flight from Shannon  €670 inclusive.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the first Irish pilgrimage to Lourdes when people travelled overland. Bookings Joe Walsh Tours on  01 2410810 or see

Book online at and you will be entered in a draw for 1 free place.

A limited number of sick pilgrims will be accommodated in the Sanctuary of Lourdes at a cost of €560 Applications for sick pilgrims only to Fr Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, SS John & Paul Presbytery, Shannon, Co. Clare. Telephone:  061  364133

Families or individuals often sponsor a family member, parents, or a friend on the occasion of an anniversary or Jubilee with a visit to Lourdes. Sponsorship for sick people is always welcome.

For further information regarding Lourdes see

Holy Week in Coolmeen/Cranny 2013

Good Friday Cranny 2013 001

The 2013 Holy Week ceremonies will be celebrated in Coolmeen/Cranny at the following times.

  • Monday 25 March, St Mary’s Church, Cranny      Service of Reconcilation                            8pm
  • Tuesday 26 March, St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen    Service of Reconcilation                    8pm
  • Holy Thursday, 28 March, St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen  Mass of the Lord’s Supper         7pm
  • Good Friday, 29 March, St Mary’s Church, Cranny     The Lord’s Passion                              3pm
  • Good Friday, 29 March St Mary’s Church Cranny   Stations of the Cross                          7.30pm
  • Holy Saturday, 30 March, St Mary’s Church, Cranny     Easter Vigil                                  6.45pm
  • Easter Sunday 31 March, St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen     Easter Mass                         9.45am

Opening the Windows Reliving Vatican II

Year of Faith

Saturday, 23 March 2013 The Clare Inn, Newmarket on Fergus Co Clare.

Opening the Windows Reliving Vatican II

Confrence Brochure  Opening the Windows 23 March 2013

The Diocese of Killaloe hosted a one day gathering, ‘Opening the Windows’, to give us an opportunity to reflect on how the Second Vatican Council can help us live as Christians today. Vatican II which has been described as the most important event in the life of our Church in modern times, began its work fifty  years ago. Pope John XXIII called the Council because he wanted “to throw open the windows of the Church so that we can see out and the people can see in.”. To help us relive and rediscover the richness of this great event Pope Benedict XVI has declared 2013 a Year of Faith.

During our Conference we reflected on four important topics discussed by the Council:

  • The Word of God;
  • Prayer and liturgy;
  • Being part of the Church;
  • Church and society.

The approach was practical with the focus on the daily experience of living as a Christian in today’s world.  The day provided an occasion to reflect on the beauty of our faith, to share and to encourage each other .

Conference Brochure  Opening the Windows 23 March 2013

To hear Bishop Kieran O Reilly’s presentation at the conference please click here

To hear Liam Lawton’s paper delivered at the conference please click here 

To read Dermot Ryan’s paper delivered at the conference please click here Dermot Ryan Believing and Belonging 

To view images of the day see


Afternoon for Readers

An afternoon for readers involved in the liturgical life of the parishes in our cluster (Coolmeen-Cranny, Kildysart and Lissycasey-Ballynacally) will take place in the pastoral centre in Lissycasey (at the rear of the Church) on Sunday 3 March 2013 from 4pm to 5.30. It will be led by Fr Vincent Sherlock, Achonry Diocese, and will conclude with a light supper. The afternoon will include discussion of God’s word and some practical suggestions on how best to proclaim it.

Coolmeen/Cranny in 2012

During 2012 the following celebrations took place in our parish:

  • Baptisms           9;
  • Confirmation      8;
  • Weddings          1;
  • Funerals           11.

We pray that the Lord will always be close to each of us particularly at the special times in our lives.